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Schenectady firefighters respond to trio of small fires late Fourth of July, early Tuesday

Schenectady firefighters at the Baker Avenue scene
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Schenectady firefighters at the Baker Avenue scene

SCHENECTADY — City firefighters were kept busy this Fourth of July, responding to a trio of small fires that remain under investigation.

The first call came in at 9:26 p.m. at 625 Lang St., and involved a small fire on a patch of vegetation outside the home. The residence, which is unoccupied, was not damaged and the flames were quickly extinguished, Schenectady Fire Chief Don Mareno said.

Later, crews responded to a car fire at 1002 Baker Ave. at 11:50 p.m. That fire, which does not appear suspicious, spread to the porch of an adjacent home, damaging the outside of the building but causing no interior damage, Mareno said. 

Then, shortly after 1 a.m., crews responded to a small fire on the back porch of 1684 Van Vranken Ave. Mareno said the fire is not suspicious but remains under investigation.

Asked if the barrage of illegal fireworks that echoed through the city had anything to do with the fires, Mareno said the department is continuing to investigate, but urged residents not to set off fireworks. 

Fireworks are illegal in the city.

Crews were also dispatched to a separate incident along Eleanor Street around the same time the Lange Street call came in, and arrived to find a crowd of people setting off fireworks on both sides of the street, Mareno said. 

“It’s not safe for people to light fireworks,” he said. “Things can go wrong, people can get hurt, and you’re in city limits where people and homes are close together. It’s not safe.”

Contact reporter Chad Arnold at: 518-410-5117 or [email protected]. Follow him on Twitter: @ChadGArnold.

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